SALT LAKE CITY — Salt Lake teachers “overwhelmingly” voted to approve a new working agreement with the Salt Lake City Board of Education that includes a 4.1% across-the-board teacher salary increase and maintains a salary steps and lanes system that compensates teachers for education attainment and years of service.
The agreement, which must be ratified by the school board, also changes how sick and personal days are managed and increases pay for teachers who cover for absentee substitute teachers. The school board’s next meeting is Sept. 3.
Salt Lake Education Association President James Tobler said the association applauds the work of the school board and Salt Lake City School District to improve education in Salt Lake schools.
“We look forward to working with parents, the district, the board and other stakeholders to ensure we have a caring and committed teacher in every classroom,” Tobler said.
Earlier this year, school district and association negotiators declared an impasse after they could not reach an accord and mutually agreed to federal mediation. A statement released Thursday said association leaders asked for mediation because the district failed to provide adequate resources to ensure the recruitment and retention of quality teachers.
The parties met with a federal mediator on July 10 and announced the same day that they had reached a tentative agreement, but agreed not to release the details until Aug. 7. An online vote was then conducted among association members.